PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 14, 2018) – Rutgers football closed out spring practice with its annual Scarlet-White game on Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium. With the roster divided between offense and defense, the scripted scrimmage featured four quarters of action with a special scoring system.
WFAN radio personalities Maggie Gray and Bart Scott served as honoree coaches for a game that ended with an exclamation point, as four-year-old Mordecai Carthy – who was diagnosed with autism – scored on a 93-yard touchdown run with the entire team supporting him along the way.
The first quarter showcased red zone offensive and defensive situations, the second and third quarters consisted of a more traditional game with the ball being spotted at various yard markers and the offense attempting to move the ball against the defense, while the fourth quarter consisted of third-down situations and a two-minute drill.
Sophomore receiver Bo Melton led the way with five catches for 187 yards and three touchdowns, including an impressive 75-yard touchdown reception off a pass from freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski. Sitkowski finished with 11 completions for 280 yards and three touchdown passes, all to Melton. On the ground, Tom Flacco, Jonathan Hilliman and Charles Snorweah all contributed touchdowns.
On defense, senior defensive lineman Kevin Wilkins produced 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception. Senior Deonte Roberts and junior K.J. Gray also contributed interceptions, while redshirt freshman Naijee Jones led with five tackles, including three solo stops. In the kicking game, sophomore Justin Davidovicz drilled three field goals from 30, 28 and 27 yards.
Flacco scored the first touchdown of the day, courtesy of a 18-yard scamper which included a few broken tackles. Hilliman than followed with a three-yard touchdown run, while Sitkowski found Melton for a 14-yard scoring play to end the first quarter. Sitkowski and Melton continued to build a rhythm in the second half, as the rookie found a streaking Melton downfield for a 75-yard touchdown, the longest of the afternoon.
With the focus on the two-minute drill in the fourth quarter, Sitkowski closed the day with a nice 29-yard touchdown pass to Melton in the back of the endzone.
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